Dave Schlenker (from L to R Dave Lagrande, Mark Trojanowski, Andrew Copeland, Ken Block, Ryan Newell, Jett Beres)

What is the band’s name?
Sister Hazel

For those new to you and your music give them a little bio about you
Originating from Gainesville, FL, Sister Hazel is comprised of five gifted, seasoned musicians whose well-spring of natural talent has been called “one of the Top 100 Most Influential Independent Performers of the last 15 years” by Performing Songwriter Magazine. Song “All for You,” topped the adult alternative charts during the summer of 1997 and the success propelled their album to platinum status.  Since then, the band has become firmly established not only in rock and alternative music, but now in country with four back-to-back Billboard Top Country Albums Chart entries. They have most recently co-produced a cleverly themed EP compilation series entitled “Elements,” that includes a bonus seventh track that continued throughout the series. Living up to their fan-centered reputation, the band was a pioneer in the themed cruise industry by co-founding “The Rock Boat” and annually hosts events like the “Hazelnut Hang,” and “Camp Hazelnut” that focuses on creating unique experiences and interacting with the fans. Sister Hazel has been equally attentive to connecting with their audience through social media having amassed over a million social followers. In addition to the events and touring, the band also gives back with “Lyrics For Life.” Founded by singer Ken Block, the charity unites musicians and celebrities for concerts and auctions to benefit cancer research and patient-care charities.

You recently released ‘Elements’, a 25-song compilation. Tell us about the album and the concept behind it.
This album was originally released as four separate EPs.  We tried to make “mini” albums that had a flow of longer records.  Each EP had a 30 second to a minute song at the end and if you were to fuse all four songs together, it would be one song.  Elements is all four EPs and the song fused together at the end.

If you could describe it in two words how would you?
Florida Music.

Where can fans find the album?
It can be found on iTunes and all other digital sources. has them and we are selling them at our shows when we are on tour.

Tell us more about the “All For Crew” campaign you set up and where can we help?
All For Crew” is a GoFundMe  to help our crew get through these times where Covid-19 has cancelled our tour.  We have no idea how long this will last and our guys need to pay the bills. !00% goes to the crew.  You can find it on our Facebook page. We would be so grateful for donations. A little goes a long way and these guys make Sister Hazel happen!!

What else can we expect in 2020?
Well the virus is dictating the future here, but we would like to get back out on stage as soon as it is possible to safely put people in a room.  We are constantly working on new music so hopefully we’ll get back in the studio as well.

Do you have any collaborations coming up?
I’ve been working with Todd Wright who is a singer/songwriter who I’ve written with on several records.

You have been in the industry a while now and featured in many movies /soundtracks what was your favourite?
I would have to go with “10 Things I Hate About You.”  That soundtrack went gold, so it reached a lot of people.  I also have fond memories of the recording sessions in Los Angeles.  It was a great time for Sister Hazel

When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I have a two year old daughter, so when I’m home, it’s “Daddy Time”…FULL TIME….Haha

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Trust the process.  I always cause unnecessary stress on myself by trying to control everything.  If you trust that if you let things happen, 9 out 10 times it works out better than if you try to force things to be a certain way.

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist
Play and write what you love and don’t try to follow trends.  People can see through artists who are trying to follow the flavour of the week.  If your goal is to make yourself happy with your art, that shines through and makes it more appealing to everyone else.

What quote or saying do you always stick by?
If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.

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